A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Paul Carvis

Whether you live in Chard or anywhere else in England or Wales, our solicitors are able to handle your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a centre near you .

Have I got a claim for compensation?

If you were injured in the last three years and someone else was to blame, our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claims for compensation should usually be made within a three-year window, starting from the date you knew of your injury.

In order to successfully win an injury claim, your solicitor must prove:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

A brief, no-obligation call with a personal injury solicitor can give information and useful advice.

Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation you will receive is based on the seriousness of your injuries. Our online calculator provides you with an accurate estimate of the compensation you could get for your injuries.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Chard

Cars involved in a road accident

Road traffic accidents involving cars, motorbikes and other vehicles in Chard are quite common with statistics showing 28 fatal accidents, 190 serious accidents and 1390 slight accidents in 2013 in Somerset (Total events were 1608 local authority district. By 2014 total accidents had increased to 1,623.

Quittance's panel of expert no win, no fee personal injury lawyers have vast experience in securing optimum compensation for anyone who has been hurt in a road accident in Chard.

Further information: Road accident claim

Work accident claims in Chard

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted people, from office workers to commissioning engineers, to claim maximum compensation. Work injury data in the South Somerset local authority are detailed under RIDDOR legislation by the Health and Safety Executive as follows:

Workplace accidents in South Somerset Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock injury010
Contact with machinery15511
Fire related100
Harmful substance related133
Fall from height171323
Animal related (e.g. livestock)460
Lifting and handling injuries1025263
Physical assault837
Slip or trip666947
Struck against71111
Struck by moving vehicle564
Struck by object272220
Trapped underneath something110

Further information: No win, no fee work accident claim

Other claims we handle

Chard serious injury claims

The long-term effect of serious and catastrophic injury will be acknowledged by Courts when they are calculating what a claim is worth.

Compensation will ease the impact of bills other financial issues on a claimant enabling them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Our network of specialist lawyers work with insurance companies, the defendant's representatives and doctors and health professionals to make sure claimants affected by serious accidents get the support they need. Injury and illness held to be serious include paralysis, major surgical negligence and hydrocarbon poisoning.

Further information: Catastrophic injury compensation claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Recorded figures emphasise the fact that employee slips, trips and falls are the most common accident in the Somerset workplace. Slips, trips and falls are frequently connected to injuries categorised as another type of accident such as being hit by a reversing vehicle or an electrocution accident. Public place (South Somerset local authority) accident claims injuries like sprained arms occurring on obstructed pathways are also quite prevalent with recent falls having happened on Goose Lane and on Church Green Rd.

Medical and clinical negligence in Chard

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone is injured or becomes ill due to the lack of care of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional. If you have been injured by medical negligence, our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS trust or private clinic responsible.

Alternatively, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure if you only want a formal account of what went wrong rather than injury compensation. To raise a complaint against Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for example, you can contact 2nd Floor, Mallard Court, Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, Somerset.

Further information: Clinical negligence compensation claims

Chard No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, choosing a 'no win, no fee' solicitor means that no legal fees will be due if your claim is not successful. Our solicitors work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis in Chard and throughout the UK.

See: No win, no fee personal injury claims.

Meet the QLS team

Our national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Chard and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our lawyers are chosen on the basis of their winning track record and their level of specialist experience.

Click here to see more of the Quittance team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Have you handled many Chard claims?

Quittance is a nationwide network of results-focussed solicitors that helps claimants in Chard, Somerset and throughout the UK, get compensated for their injuries.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants in Somerset get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including injuries sustained at work and pedestrian accidents.

With a 90% success rate, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Does Quittance offer 100% No Win, No Fee

If your claim is not successful, our No Win, No Fee policy covers 100% of your legal fees. This means that there is no financial risk in making a claim.

How do you choose the best no win no fee personal injury lawyer?

Compensation for a injury claim can take months, and even years in cases of serious injury, to be settled. All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life, both during and after your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is a crucial first step.

The contrast in personal injury success fees and After the Event (ATE) insurance premiums between solicitors working on Conditional Fee Agreements often surprises prospective claimants.

For example the amount retained by a successful claimant having been awarded ?15,656 for neck injuries causing spondylosis, serious limitation of movement or permanent/recurring pain could vary from ?9,393 to ?13,307.

Additional reading How much can you claim?

Check Chard solicitor reviews

Service standards provided by injury lawyers, as with any professional service, can vary significantly.

Online reviews can certainly be informative if you are deciding which lawyer to work with.

Read Personal injury solicitors reviews

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Chard?

You do not need to pick a lawyer near you.

The only element of a personal injury claim that usually will need to be performed locally is the medical. This exam is carried out in partnership with a member of our national network of medical professionals.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Paul Carvis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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